My path to a major in Journalism is very unconventional.
I didn’t write for the school paper in High School, or make my own podcast when I was 16.
For my whole life I assumed I would work in business, like both my Mom and Dad, not because I had a passion for the field, but because it was both my strongest subject in school and a stable way to making a living.
It wasn’t until my freshman year of college when I realized that I owed it to myself to take a long-shot, and pursue something I hadn’t even realized I wanted until it smacked me in the face.
I entered Hofstra University in 2015 as an accounting major, but realized very quickly that working with spreadsheets behind a desk for eight hours a day was something I couldn’t do. Getting up for class became harder and harder as time went on, and I ultimately decided I had to make a change.
One day, while trying to complete my financial accounting homework, I found myself preoccupied reading my favorite sportswriter’s book (Bill Simmons’ “The Book of Basketball”) while also listening to my favorite NBA writer’s podcast (“The Lowe Post” with Zach Lowe) in the background. It was in that moment I decided I would change my major to journalism, and seek a job in sportswriting.
Ever since, my main goal is simple: get paid to write or talk about sports, specifically about the NBA.
I’d love to become an NBA beat-writer, and after gaining experience in the field, hopefully land a job as a column writer. Additionally I’d love to also start my own NBA-related podcast. Being an on-air personality is something I would like to potentially pursue, but because I’m not the most comfortable person behind a camera, being a writer is my preference.
Although being a beat-writer is perhaps the most stressful job in sports media, the idea of interacting with the players and coaches on a daily basis and having the inside scoop, is something that is right up my ally.
All that being said, I’m not set in stone on what I want to do as a professional. At the minimum, I’d love to have a job that involves sports, whether that is behind the scenes or on the frontline.
No matter the profession I enter into, whether that be accounting, finance, or journalism, I’ll always follow sports religiously. And if that’s the case, I might as well try and get paid to do just that.